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My work acknowledges elements of ‘Peacocking’ and Display or more accurately - Visual Merchandising (VM) - the notion of ‘enhancement’, ‘animating’ and ‘transforming’ objects or (branded) products including the discarded and the unloved.

VM is a tool of commercialism, employed by artists such as Johns and Rauschenberg in their early lives, then revisited within their artistic practice.

I explore the methodologies – both formal and psychological – of display and presentation, borrowing from the languages of the museum, advertising, interior design and retail.

Consumerism excites and disgusts me - both fuelling my work - questioning and critiquing, but more importantly - it let’s me create mischief and mayhem…


I used to collaborate with John Cake, as The Little Artists from 1999 - 2013.
Our work is in public and private collections.

Shows include (some as The Little Artists):
Brick by Brick, Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottingham 2020
PabloBronsteinshrine, General Practice, Lincoln 2019
Auckland Festival, New Zealand, 2009
Parcours St Germain and Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2009
Tatton Park Biennial, 2008
Kulczyk Foundation, Poznan, Poland, 2006
Post-modellismus, Kunsthalle, Bergen, Norway, 2006
Big Art, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2005.

Other :
Berlin, Vienna, Singapore, Beijing, London, Brussels, Bratislava and Scunthorpe.

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